- Red Deer
There was a time when I thought donning your winter helmet well into April looked a bit strange but now I realize how grateful I felt by choosing to wear mine today. Thankfully, the bike is still winter prepped but I’ll have to continue to add on an extra layer over the next few days if I want to continue riding.A group ride leader (who seems to be fond of me although he treats me as a funny guy, too) asked me a couple weeks ago:
'Stefan, when will you get rid of your winter helmet?'
'When the daily temperature exceeds 15 C", I answered.
Several days ago, I reminded him of his question. Now, he was aware the winter wouldn't leave us soon. So he said:
'The Spring won't come early this year...', and I said:
'I think the second half of June should be warm!'
The wind was horrid today as I set out towards Heritage Ranch but it was better once I was in the trees. The studded tires felt sure footed on the frozen trails but the overnight temps weren’t cold enough to freeze this pool in the middle of the trail.
My presence along the trail startled several deer as they gracefully scattered themselves into the woods only to reappear from a safe distance.